Monday, January 23, 2006

The Abominable No Men

Have you noticed how the Republican response to every idea in Gov. Jim Doyle's State of the State speech has been to play the roles of the Abominable No Men?

It all costs money, they say. OK, not much, but we don't have any. When new revenue estimates say there is more money, they don't change their tune. They're willing to spend money to set up a bureaucracy to license concealed weapons, but not to help people keep their families from freezing this winter.

Cory Liebman has been paying attention, and asks, if Christmas is over, why is Scrooge still here?

Carrie Lynch writes that the only things Rep. Mark Green thinks we can afford are some pork -- oops, I mean earmark -- projects he got in the federal budget, despite huge deficits. But when it comes to the state of Wisconsin, he has no ideas or interest in doing anything.


At 10:01 AM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

Please use your blog to perform a public service. I'm currently feeling very guilty and I'm sure many others are. What you can do to help ease our guilt is print the names of those who have frozen to death as a result of the insensitivity of those who would criticize the Governor.

Maybe if we could send our condolances to the families of those who froze to death or send money to anyone in danger of freezing.

At least let us send money to the heating assistance funds you donate to.

Better yet we should contact are state legislators to pass a law prohibiting utilities from cutting off power during winter months. This would allow the utilities to raise the cost of the program by raising the cost for all of those who are rich enough to pay on time.
The big advantage is the tax payers wouldn't be on the hook and the legislators wouldn't have to answer for the increase in heating cost for all of us.

As far as the concealed carry bureaucrcy is concerned maybe we could charge the permit holders a fee to cover the cost. Say 75 dollars or so.

As far as the surplus in revenue why don't we do like big business does when it is in there businesses best interest and return the money to the overcharged customers, return the money in the form of discounts or dividends to those who have an interest in the business.

Boy it sure feels good to solve these problems in a compassionate way.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

Do they have to be dead before we help, or just very cold?

I'd be happy to match your 2005 contributions to heating assistance funds. Just post the list and amounts here. That would be the compassionate conservative way to handle it.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Michael J. Cheaney said...

"Do they have to be dead before we help, or just very cold?"
Seems to me that when I turn on the news at night, I don't hear the lead story being "50 more state residents FREEZE to DEATH"
The Utilities have plans these nifty little items called "BUDGET PLANS", where you call them up to arrange partial payment of the bill spread out of a certain period of time. And while it does not pay off the entire bill, it DOES prevent the power from being turned off. I use a BUDGET PLAN and I can even BUY FOOD!!! SHEESH, when will people wake up and realize there is this thing called "PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY"?

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Sven said...

Yeah, man, let 'em burn cake.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...

It is now illegal for utilities to cut off power in the winter. Your referance to people freezing to death is a red herring, demagogery at its most.

My previous posting was satire but I'm sure that just as Senator Kennedy is unable to recognize satire you have trouble recognizing it also.

I haven't donated to heating assistance programs as haven't you I was hoping there was somewhere to do this.

But as someone who takes responsibility for my families finances, took advantage of the education I was given, and was willing to put the time and effort into working at a job for little money and earned raises and better jobs without a handout I actually expect others to do the same.

We all make choices and all live with the consequences of those choices. Currently the state of Wisconsin provides plenty of oppertunities for people to rebound from those poor decisions. Eliminating the need to make changes or realize the negative affects of those bad decisions doesn't do anything but reenforce those bad choices.

If there aren't enough jobs where you live move. If your current job doesn't provide what you need find another or work more than one job.

Set your priorities and meet those first. I've seen to many people quit jobs with no backup plan, spend their tax credit refund on big screen television instead of making sure they have a reliable car to get to a job that would allow them to earn the money to purchase that necessary big screen TV.

I made my share of dumb decisions when I was younger and because of this I was 37 before I bought a house. I payed 3% more than anyone else for my first mortgage but the choice to do that has resulted in a better second mortgage. I didn't have children until later in life because I didn't expect others to support them. It's all about choices. For those who have made mistakes there are provisions to help recover but that recovery is dependant upon future decisions. At some point those provisions can't become more lucrative than working hard is.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger John Mosman said...

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At 12:38 PM, Blogger John Mosman said...

Wow, the 'ol bootstrap routine. I am so impressed with that personal responsibility stuff. Let's hear more because anyone can do it! Again Wow!

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Sven said...

I made my share of dumb decisions when I was younger

Why do you assume everyone who has trouble paying their heating bills is a numbnut like your [younger] self? What about the elderly who've been slammed with higher medical costs (and who are more succeptible to the effects of cold weather)?

According to LIHEAP, 31% of those receiving assistance are elderly, and 36% are disabled.


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